Thursday, April 19, 2018

ON THE ROAD AGAIN - TO SANTA FE NEW MEXICO

Currently in Santa Fe NM (Low 38 Some Sun, Becoming Windier High 65) 

We departed Albuquerque, New Mexico yesterday and headed to Santa Fe, also in New Mexico. We are staying again at Santa Fe Skies RV Park.



It was a short trip of only 55 miles, this is the route we took.



We will be here a week enjoying the sites and the food of Santa Fe.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

WE ADDED AIRBAGS TO TRUCK

Currently in Albuquerque NM (Low 36 Sunny Currently 40) 
Heading to Santa Fe NM (Currently 34 Plenty of Sunshine High 63)

As we age the ride of the Ford F-350 seems to get worse. At the current pace it was likely to reduce the number of years that we could continue full-timing. We thought about a new truck but decided to try a couple of things first. We went with the Airlift 5000 airbags. Here is the top of the airbags as installed.


Here is a diagram showing the installation.



Our first impression driving solo without the fifth wheel was in a word, amazing. We thought we were going to get some relief while solo but we are very pleased with how much relief. Then after towing it a few times we are also very pleased while towing. In fact on a couple of the trips we didn't realize how rough the road was until we unhitched and walked inside the coach. 

We still have some fine tuning of the airbags psi while solo, solo with a full auxiliary fuel tank, and while towing. But we are glad that we bought the air bags and look forward to many years of riding on air.

We depart today for Santa Fe also in New Mexico. We extended our stay in Albuquerque due to high winds.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

ON THE ROAD AGAIN - TO ALBUQUERQUE NEW MEXICO

Currently in Albuquerque NM (Low 52 Sunny and Breezy High 83) 

After an overnight stay in Tatum New Mexico we departed yesterday and headed to Albuquerque. We drove through Roswell that has really embraced its UFO connection. Here is the city limit sign. We tried to get a photo but it didn't turn out so we got one from the web.


You won't see this at your local Domino's. We were at a stoplight so we were able to get this photo.



We are staying at the KOA.


It was a long day for us at approximately 264 miles, here is the route we took.



We will be in Albuquerque for a week highlighted by visits with friends and of course eating at a few of our favorite places to eat.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

ON THE ROAD AGAIN - TO TATUM NEW MEXICO

Currently in Tatum NM (Low 38 Currently Sunny 42)
Heading to Albuquerque NM (Currently 45 Nice with plenty of sunshine High 74)

Jo was not feeling well on Sunday but she was feeling better so we departed yesterday and headed to Tatum New Mexico. We stayed one night at the Randolph Rampy City Park which allows free over nite camping up to 3 nights. We were the first ones in the park. The pull thrus are located right next to the park.




It was a long day for us at approximately 235 miles, this is the route we took.



Since this was an overnight stay here is our park review. Neither of our GPS devices had the Randolph Rampy RV Park POI readily available so we input the street address and the Rand McNally worked great getting us here but the Garmin seemed to think that the Rand McNally route we were on was not for trucks, as we were being passed by semis 😀

Since we stayed hooked up we only used electrical and it was a convenient hookup at 50amp which surprised us since we were expecting 30amp but there were brand new boxes. The water and sewer hookups looked a little hinky but like we said we only used electrical. We had a good line of sight for our roof mounted satellite dish and great ATT hotspot and cellphone signals. The park did not provide free wifi which is going on the complaint form. Just kidding this was a very nice over nite stay. Here is the Lifestyle from the front showing the good line of sight for the dish.


To the right showing a couple that came in just after we did. Eventually a third RV came in.


To the left.


From the rear.


As you can see a basic park but suited our needs just fine as a stopping point on our way to Albuquerque, and you can't beat the price.

We depart today for Albuquerque, also in New Mexico, where we will meet some of our RV friends and maybe some of the folks Bob used to work with.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Sunday, April 8, 2018

REVIEW OF SAN ANGELO KOA IN SAN ANGELO TEXAS

Currently in San Angelo TX (Low 36 Currently Sunny 42)
Heading to Tatum NM (Currently 38 Mostly Sunny and Breezy High 87)  

Even though we had been here before we still had our GPS on and it took us right to the San Angelo KOA after both of them had been recently updated. The interior roads and sites were gravel. We were in a long pullthru and the hookups were convenient with two sewer connections depending on which end of the site you chose. We had a satellite friendly site with a nice patio. The park had free wifi at 1Mb/sec but our ATT hotspot came in at 20Mb/sec so we used that. The cellphone signal was also strong.

Although KOAs are more expensive than most parks we have started staying more and more. Site unseen you can generally count on a KOA as a good park because sometimes we have been fooled by the website and reviews of other parks and haven't enjoyed our stay. We would stay at this KOA again.

San Angelo is in the Concho Valley in west Texas and has great sunsets. Here is one example we saw during our stay.


Here is the Lifestyle from the front.


To the right.


To the left.


From the rear.


We depart today for Tatum, New Mexico.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Saturday, April 7, 2018

WE SAW 'PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST'

Currently in San Angelo TX (Low 32 Cooler with Decreasing Clouds High 53) 

We saw a tweet from the Knights of Columbus that said if you were going to watch only one Hollywood movie this year it should be 'Paul, Apostle of Christ'. 


Set in Rome at the time of Paul's martyrdom this movie tells the story of the incredible bravery of the early Christians. Luke the Evangelist risks his life every time he visits Paul in his prison cell. The Romans, led by Aquila and Priscilla, face one of the most brutal persecutions ever led by Emperor Nero who blamed the Christians for the burning of Rome. Yet these Christian Romans preserved and helped spread the Christian faith, "The Way". Paul in his own right was haunted by his deeds as Saul of Tarsus where he persecuted "The Way".

A couple of scenes that caught our eye was the Christian Romans copying what Luke wrote while visiting Paul to carry on their journey. Luke hands them a letter that Paul wrote to Timothy in Ephesus. It is amazing that from the humblest of beginnings that these tortured Christians still carried these letters ensuring that they would someday become part of the Bible. Another scene was as the date for Paul's martyrdom approached there was a scene of Paul breaking bread, eating it and handing it to Luke. Paul then drank from the chalice and handed it to Luke. The final scene that we really liked was Paul being greeted joyfully after his martyrdom by those he had persecuted and then by Jesus.

This is another faith based movie that is really good, especially Jim Caviezel as Luke and James Faulkner as Paul.

After the movie we ate at Gil's Restaurant which was recommended by the KOA owners. Sorry we forgot to take pictures. We split a chile relleno plate and a chimichanga smothered in queso plate. Such good food we got takeout this morning for breakfast getting a spanish omelet with the spanish sauce that Bob has been hunting for these many years. The pancakes were also very good. If we are ever in San Angelo again we will be eating here.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Friday, April 6, 2018

ON THE ROAD AGAIN - TO SAN ANGELO TEXAS

Currently in San Angelo TX (Low 60 Partly Sunny and Breezy High 93) 

After 6 and 1/2 months we departed Kerrville Texas Wednesday and headed to San Angelo, also in Texas. We were surprised at the number of bluebonnets we saw along the way the further we got away from the Hill Country, we wished we had taken some pictures. We are staying at the KOA in San Angelo.


It was approximately 145 miles, this is the route we took.



We will be here a few days as we first head to Albuquerque and ending up in the Upper Peninsula for the summer.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

REVIEW OF BY THE RIVER RV PARK AND CAMPGROUND IN KERRVILLE TEXAS

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 40 Currently Partly Cloudy 48)
Heading to San Angelo TX (Currently 45 Brilliant Sunshine High 68)

By the River RV Park and Campground is located off the Junction Highway so our GPS devices had no problem getting us to the park. The front desk people were great at checkin. We had a nice pull thru that was long enough for both the RV and truck. The site was mostly gravel. The hookups were convenient. We had a lot of rain during our stay and we wish there was a little more gravel but the park in our area drained pretty good. We had a good line of sight for our roof mounted satellite dish.

By the River RV Park and Campground is located on an arm of the Guadalupe River. There are a lot of walking trails and a bridge to the island created by the arm as it exits and then rejoins the Guadalupe River. Here are the RVs parked next to the water.


Here is the Lifestyle from the front.



To the right.


To the left.


From the rear.


There are a lot of nice parks in Kerrville and we would stay here again. In fact we will be back in December of this year.

We depart today for San Angelo Texas for a few days.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

ANOTHER VISIT TO WILDSEED FARM NEAR FREDERICKSBURG TEXAS

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 64 Morning Rain and Cloudy High 83) 

This a beautiful time of the year in the Hill Country with the bluebonnets and other wildflowers. You can see them just driving around like we saw when we recently drove to and back from San Antonio. Pretty good picture at 75 mph.


A great place to see a lot of wildflowers is the Wildseed Farm near Fredericksburg.


We timed it for the peak blooming of the bluebonnets and the red corn poppy. Approaching we could tell it would be a good time for the red corn poppy.


Some more pictures.





Walking around the grounds we thought this peacock was neat.


 A beautiful time of the year in the always gorgeous Hill Country.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Saturday, March 31, 2018

SIGHTSEEING IN KERRVILLE TEXAS

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 54 Breezy with a lot of Sun High 79) 

While in Kerrville we have done some sightseeing. Paul and Marsha Weaver told us about Copper Cactus which is a unique place. Kind of an artsy shop that has a couple vacation rentals. The exterior show some of the artsy stuff.



The interior.



A boat that is a vacation rental.



We also visited Stonehenge II. 



Stonehenge II is 90% as wide and 60% as tall as the original. The interior of the ring showing the columns.



There also are some Easter Island figures.




Stonehenge II is located at the Hill Country Arts Association grounds and includes an outdoor sculpture garden.




We had a great sightseeing and foodie experience at Camp Verde General Store (more on the foodie experience later).


The general store at Camp Verde along the banks of the Verde Creek was first established in 1857. The present two story structure was built in 1900 after a flood swept away the original building.


The store is a great shopping experience. For our Kansas City area followers you can consider Camp Verde General Store as similar to, but smaller than Cockrell Mercantile, but with a great restaurant and US Post Office on a beautiful site. We will be back for more shopping, sightseeing and great food whenever we are in the area.

We hope to do more sightseeing on our next visit this winter.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

WE SAW A COUPLE MOVIES ('DEATH WISH' AND 'I CAN ONLY IMAGINE')

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 66 An Afternoon Thunderstorm High 73) 

We saw a couple really good movies last week. First was the rebooting of the "Death Wish" franchise starring Bruce Willis.



Dr. Paul Kersey (played by Bruce Willis) is a trauma surgeon in Chicago so you know he has seen the aftermath of the city's record breaking violence. After a tragic home invasion involving his wife and daughter and then a chance encounter in the emergency room with one of those responsible Kersey then becomes obsessed with vigilante justice to all involved. As the death toll increases there is a talk radio debate going on whether Kersey is a guardian angel or just his nickname, "Grim Reaper".

Fans of the Charles Bronson version from the 70s will like this movie and we did for sure. Don't be scared off by the bad reviews as we feel that most of them are motivated by more than the acting, directing and writing.

The other movie we saw was "I Can Only Imagine".




Telling the backstory of the triple platinum song of the same name. Bart Millard (played by J. Michael Finley) says he wrote the words in 10 minutes and it took 10 minutes to add music to it but in reality it took a lifetime to compose. Bart is about 10 years old with an abusive father (played excellently by Dennis Quaid) when his mother leaves Bart to deal with his father alone whom he has described as a monster. 

Bart leaves after high school to pursue a musical career. Taking some time off after a major disappointment Bart goes home and cannot believe how his father has been transformed by faith and his impending death from cancer.  The father/son relationship is healed before the father's death after which Bart writes the song about imagining what it would be like to be in heaven with Jesus. 

This is really a good movie that we can't recommend highly enough.

We haven't seen many movies lately because we have been told that some stars do not want us as fans.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

SPECIAL FOODIE REPORT - RIO RANCH CAFE IN KERRVILLE TEXAS

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 43 Sunny High 72) 

We've add an all time favorite place to eat - Rio Ranch Cafe in Kerrville Texas. We got the recommendation from fellow RVers at By the River RV Park and are so happy that we went the first time, and have been back many times since.


There are a few additions to our all time favorites list. The fried pork chops and the pinto beans side dish are the best takes on these dishes.

They also serve a couple of unique dishes that we really like; Smoked Brisket Hash (shredded potatoes, smoked brisket, grilled peppers and onions, topped with eggs, jalapenos, cheese and smoky bbq sauce). The other unique dish is Eggs Sardou (pictured below consisting of poached eggs served on artichokes on a bed of fresh creamed spinach topped with hollandaise served with country ham and a bread choice).


Other dishes we have had have been very good and we would not hesitate to get again include chicken fried chicken, chicken fried steaks, mashed potatoes, fried okra, and their version of a Farmers Breakfast (a layer of crisp hash browns topped with biscuits and eggs, sausage gravy, crispy bacon and cheese).

If you are ever in Kerrville this place should be on your list to eat at.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

2018 MARCH MADNESS

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 35 Sunny to Partly Cloudy High 70) 

Only Jo will see Bob this Thursday and Friday for the first round of the NCAA men's basketball tournament, aka March Madness. As in past years the games will be televised on the following networks.


With 16 games on Thursday and 16 games on Friday there will be times with 4 games playing at the same time. That means it be mostly picture-in-a-picture (PIP) mode.


During the run-up to March Madness Bob has been interested in the results and has watched parts of some of the games but it isn't until you get to the brutal lose and go home of the tourney that he becomes fanatical. Thank goodness Jo puts up with him during this time. We cannot almost hear QB say, heck it's amazing she puts up with him at all.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Monday, March 5, 2018

ONE OF THE BETTER SUNSETS

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 64 A Clouds then Sunny High 77) 

One of the better sunsets we have ever seen recently at By the River RV Park and Campground in Kerrville.








Till next time,

Bob and Jo